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Fredericksburg detective chief demoted after prostitution sting

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The head of the Fredericksburg Police Department’s detective division has been demoted as the result of a botched prostitution sting.

James Kuebler has been demoted from captain to sergeant and moved to another division following an internal investigation, city police said Tuesday.

“The internal investigation is complete and appropriate administrative action has been taken,” city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

The probe stemmed from a May 1 sting operation at the Best Western motel following which two women were charged with prostitution. The charges were later dropped, court records show.

City police would not say what happened that led to the internal investigation, but sources said it involved inappropriate touching between Kuebler and one of the women.

Bledsoe said Capt. Rick Pennock, who already heads the patrol division, will take over as head of detectives. Kuebler was re-assigned to the patrol division, where he will oversee the community police, school resource and parking enforcement officers.

It was not immediately clear whether Kuebler will file a grievance with the city regarding the demotion.

—Keith Epps

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